Chemotherapy is difficult for people both physically and emotionally, as there can be several side effects of chemo. One of the most common physical side effects is chemotherapy hair loss. In this video, Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher shares some helpful tips for those who are losing their hair due to chemotherapy.
First, your hair will almost always grow back after the chemo ends. Hair loss usually starts about two to three weeks after the treatment begins. Hair will start to grow back about two to three months after cancer treatment ends.
Yet, when hair loss does occur, it's important to cover up when you go outside. A bare head can get cold in the winter and sunburn in the summer or all year round. We a wig, hat, scarf, or sunscreen to keep your head protected.
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